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Marine Le Pen to abstain in French presidential vote

"I will give neither trust nor a mandate to these two candidates," Le Pen told a rally in central Paris today. "On Sunday, I'll vote blank."

Chatter: Sarkozy faces French runoff vote fight

Nicolas Sarkozy faces an uphill battle in the second round of France's presidential election. Analysts say Sarkozy, who is the first incumbent president to lose a first round vote, will need to woo Marine Le Pen's far-right supporters if he is to hold on to the presidency.
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Nicolas Sarkozy faces an uphill battle in the second round of France's presidential election. Analysts say Sarkozy, who is the first incumbent president to lose a first round vote, will need to woo Marine Le Pen's far-right supporters if he is to hold on to the presidency.
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Sarkozy: Muslim cleric Youssef Al Qaradawi 'not welcome in France'

"People who don't respect the values of the French Republic shouldn't be here," according to President Sarkozy.
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Leaders of France's Jewish and Muslim communities met with President Nicolas Sarkozy today. The shootings in Toulouse at a Jewish school on Monday by Muslim fanatic has shocked the whole country and leaders from every level of society are trying to show solidarity. (Franck Prevel/AFP/Getty Images)

The suspect is cornered. As I write this it seems only a matter of time before he either gives himself up or ends things in a suicide by cop action.

But it is clear that this event is, in the words of French political commentator Agnes Poirier, "France's 7/7." July 7th, 2005 was the day jihadi suicide bombers killed more than 50 people in London.

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France: National Front's Marine Le Pen allowed to run for president after winning endorsements

"I will be running in the presidential election," Le Pen tweeted. "The system that wanted to stop me just lost a battle."

Louis Sarkozy, French president's teenage son, accused of throwing tomato, marbles at policewoman

President Sarkozy took time out from campaigning for re-election to meet the officer and apologize for his son's behavior, which he apparently described as "the unfortunate act of a child."

French towns discover toxic assets, ask for bailout

ASNIERES — At least 5,500 French towns have taken out toxic loans from the failed French-Belgian bank Dexia. With no place to unload that debt, and no way to pay it back, these towns are suddenly under water.

Sarkozy defends French butchers amid halal spat

ROME — As he fights to overcome a poll deficit ahead of April's election, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has found an issue he can sink his teeth into: halal meat.

EU leaders leaning toward growth v. austerity

ROME — The leaders of the EU's two leading economies did not sign up, leading many to see the letter as a challenge to Merkel and Sarkozy.

Carla Bruni statue raises eyebrows in France

BRUSSELS, Belgium — The timing of the scheme could hardly have been worse for the president’s re-election bid as he trails his Socialist rival in the opinion polls.
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